BURLINGTON, VT --- Tyler Burnett and Daniel Adamson each hit a two-run homer in a four-run sixth inning to give Tri-City a 5-2 lead and the ValleyCats went on to defeat the Vermont Lake Monsters 8-3 in New York-Penn League action Monday night at historic Centennial Field.
Vermont starter Bobby Hansen had limited Tri-City to just one unearned run on three hits over the first five innings with the Lake Monsters leading 2-1. Kike Hernandez led off the sixth with a double and Burnett followed with his two-run homer to right field on a full count to give the ValleyCats a 3-2 lead.
After a groundout, hit batter and a flyout, Adamson smacked an 0-2 offering from Hansen over the leftcenter field fence for his two-run homer and a 5-2 ValleyCat lead. The home runs were the second of the season for both Burnett and Adamson.
The ValleyCats added two more runs in the seventh on a back-=to-back RBI singles from Hernandez and Burnett, then added another run in the ninth as Hernandez doubled and scored on a Mike Kvasnicka sacrifice fly. Vermont added a run in the bottom of the ninth on a Justin Miller triple and Cole Leonida RBI double.
After Tri-City had scored an unearned run off Hansen in the third inning, Vermont tied the game in the bottom of the third on a solo home run from Connor Rowe and then took the lead on a Jason Martinson RBI triple. The Lake Monsters had two triples on Monday and now have nine triples in the last four games after just nine in the first 33 games.
Hernandez was 3-for-5 with three runs and two doubles, whil Jacke Healey was 2-for-4 with one run and a double for Tri-City (15-21). Starter Bobby Doran (1-3) allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits over the first five innings for the win, while reliever Murilo Gouvea just one hit and six strikeouts in three scoreless innings.
Hansen (3-2) allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings for the loss, while Martinson and Rowe each had two hits and an RBI for the Lake Monsters. David Freitas was 0-for-2 with a walk and was hit by a pitch to snap his team-record 21-game hitting streak.
The loss was the third straight for Vermont (23-14), which now leads Connecticut by just 2 1/2 games in the Stedler Divison. After an off day on Tuesday, the homestand continues for the Lake Monsters on Wednesday as Vermont hosts the Hudson Valley Renegades in the first of a three-game series at Centennial Field beginning at 7:05 pm.
Paul Stanfield is the Media Relations Director for the Vermont Lake Monsters.
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